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Ron Wright loves the new sign he uses as the crossing guard at Gertie Belle Rogers Elementary School in Mitchell. "It has flashing lights and both sides are reflective," he said. "It's easier to see." Dick Figland, of the Mitchell Traffic Division, ordered three new flashing signs for $74 each to be used at the public elementary schools in Mitchell.
ALEXANDRIA—The Oak Lane Hutterite Colony celebrated the completion of its new 10,000-head hog operation with an open house Friday evening. John Wipf, business manager of the colony, said the four buildings will be finishing barns. Hogs raised in a nursery elsewhere on the colony will be moved to the finishing barns to be raised until slaughter, he said. The hogs are all-natural and drug-free.
A Mitchell man has denied allegations he violated probation by testing positive for drugs and leaving the state without permission. David Muth, 42, was on probation after he pleaded guilty to attempting to possess methamphetamine late last year. He entered his denial during court Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center in Mitchell. According to court documents, Muth was on the drug patch, which, when tested, shows whether the wearer has used drugs.
TRIPP — As graduation and summer vacation approach, student leaders and local officials want to send a clear message—distracted driving is dangerous. Students at Tripp-Delmont School saw a grizzly and realistic scene on April 20 when three of the high school's seniors lay in and around a one-vehicle crash, covered in blood. The drill, organized by officials and students, brought home the message of the consequences of distracted driving—whether by texting, joking with friends, wrangling kids in the backseat or eating while driving. In the scenario, Tanner Nuss had been tex
American Legion Post 18 recently recognized three emergency officials as the best in their respective fields. Andrew Shank was recognized as Mitchell's Firefighter of the Year, Sgt. Dave Beintema was recognized as Mitchell's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Ryan Titze was recognized as Mitchell's Communications Specialist of the Year. Each man received accolades during the April 20 Mitchell City Council meeting and a plaque commemorating the event. "We just like to honor community servants for the fine job they have done," said Hugh Holmes, adjutant of Post 18.
With the migration in full swing, birders will flock to the area for an established bird festival near Lake Andes and a new one in Mitchell. The Mitchell Prairie Birding Festival kicks off this year in Kiwanis Woodlot Park on the shores of Lake Mitchell. It begins at 5:30 p.m. May 8 with registration at the park shelter. "The second weekend in May is the best time of year to look at birds with the peak of spring migration," said Cindy Gregg, who helped organize the festival with fellow committee members Dave Stevens, Mike Blaalid and Rick Hanson.
From tracking criminals to sniffing out drugs, the state of South Dakota considers service dogs to be "a significant investment." South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said not only are thousands of dollars spent to train dogs, train their handlers and provide equipment, the dogs help improve public safety. "Law enforcement rely on canine units very heavily when protecting the public and helping solve crimes," Jackley said. Currently, 37 certified police service dog teams are scattered throughout South Dakota—33 drug and drug/patrol canine teams, two scent/tracking canine teams,
Mitchell Police Division introduced its newest law enforcement officer Monday. A male German shepherd joins the force to be trained as a narcotics detection dog. The 16-month-old dog enthusiastically greeted a few of its fellow officers and members of the media in a training room in the Mitchell Department of Public Safety. "You guys are the first to see him," said Lyndon Overweg, chief of public safety, after a brief media conference.
Trading a gun for a headset isn't easy for a law enforcement officer, but Ryan Titze had to make that decision in late 2013. "It was the hardest decision to make," said the 12-year Mitchell police officer veteran of changing careers to become a dispatcher. Titze was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009 while still on patrol for the Mitchell Police Division. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the disease affects the central nervous system, often disabling those affected.
State officials are watching a suspected case of whooping cough in Davison County. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger said whooping cough, or pertussis, is a mandatory reportable disease and officials in Davison County reported a possible case recently. For a case to be confirmed, the patient must have the signature "whooping" sound at the end of a cough that accompanies pertussis for 14 days. "Not many things cause long-term coughing," Kightlinger said.